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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass

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2,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,408
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 171
Gots: 481 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JGuill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter: What a brilliant color - a bright, glossy ruby with a finger and a half of off-white to tan head after an aggressive pour. Good lacing. Light, needlepoint beading. Nose is stuffed with delicious Belgian yeast. Soft citrus and pungent floral sweet bread. Refreshingly light and approachable for a quad. All the highlights of the nose carry through to the taste buds with the addition of a subtle licorice presence and clove. Really enjoy this beer, it’s far less invasive than most true Belgian quads but still complex and intriguing. The feel is appropriate. Overall, this is a unique take on the style, while still being true to its origins. Well done.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter. Best by 10/20/12.

A- Pours a dark copper with a 2" off-white head. Lacing clings in colonies to glass.

S- Sweet toasted malts, biscuit and bread, dark fruits and spices.

T- Lots of dark fruits, bready, toasted malts, and of course Belgian yeast.

M- Full body with high carbonation. The yeast and carbonation is as overwhelming as a lot of other quad's I have had.

O- Very good Quad. Had nice sweet malt, breadiness, and dark fruit without the dry, metallic yeast notes like some others have.

Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 750 ml C&C bottle poured into a Troegs stemmed tulip. Bottling date is misprinted and rather hard to read, but it appears to indicate July 7, 2011.

Look- Cloudy medium amber with a bit of sediment, despite my best efforts. Big (four+ fingers), craggy, sticky, foamy buttermilk-colored head. Actually, it looks quite a bit like whipped pancake batter. Clings to the sides, leaving a craggy bowl-like meniscus. No lacing once it finally settles, which is expected at this ABV.

Smell- Big fruits- strawberry, grape, apple cider, ripe banana, and bubblegum. Reminds me of gewürztraminer wine, in fact. Spicy/flowery yeast, some booze and strong toffee/caramel malt round it out. Alcohol/flowery character builds as the beer warms and the head falls, making it more boozy and perfume-like, but never too much so. Exceptional!

Taste- Bold flavor, mellow feel. Starts out with strong candied pears, treacle, and summer melon. Toffee, graham cracker, rye whiskey, and sassafras push through before transitioning to lemon zest, fresh crusty bread, and a bit of peppery alcohol. Aftertaste is akin to decent peach schnapps with the faintest hint of bitterness. There are more than a few subtle flavors here that I can't really pin down, but it's delicious and beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel- Full body, mild to moderate carb. Creamy feeling, silky smooth,. Mildly astringent towards the finish, alcohol is definitely present throughout but not offensive. Significant warming, surprisingly clean finish. Drinks like a dessert wine or liqueur.

Overall- Extraordinarily well balanced- not "too" anything, and goes down deceptively easily. There are plenty of big beers around, but it is rare to see one that showcases so many elements so well without seeming chaotic, and man, is it good! I'm planning on going out tomorrow to grab a bottle (or six) for uncorking down the road.


Re-evaluated January 2015. Mediocre at best for a quad. Thin and harsh from a 12 oz bottle. I feel like this has suffered a lot since the brand changed ownership. Ratings adjusted.

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Pjev11
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle purchased August 2011 into a pint glass. Bottle stamped - "best by July 2013". Nice looking brownish-orange, hazy, with a 2 finger tan head that has light brown streaking across the top. Dissipates slowly with moderate lacing.

Smells sweet, fruity and malty.

Strong taste - malt, and sweetness, with an alcohol warmth at the end. Caramel.

Feels full and smooth, creamy going down and in the mouth.

Overall - quads are not my favorite style and I tend to not like my beer tasting too much like alcohol, but I am nitpicking. Despite really tasting the abv this is a top notch beer that is tasty and smooth and looks pretty in the glass.

Photo of TMath524
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this stuff at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA. Had a few friends in KC post pictures of Boulevard's Chocolate Ale release, so I got curious about the brewery. Glad they distribute to MA, since it's nearby.

I popped the cap on a 12 oz. bottle and felt that visceral joy that comes from causing gaseous clouds to form like I only imagined I would be able to as a child pretending he was Dr. Frankenstein.

Poured half the beer into a small unadorned nondescript snifter. Great carbonation, and, hooray! a clean glass. The head was thin and bubbly, but the beer was active for quite a while, about as strong as pouring soda from a tap.

Nose is yeast and alcohol, which is fine by me.

Taste is warm caramel lingering and popping with effervescence, with a pretty hefty drop of booze to warm the belly.

Lingering warmth and the rawness of carbonation is what this beer provides in addition to its wonderful taste. I really dig this beer. I can't wait to try the Bourbon Barrel Quad, amongst others I have waiting for me.


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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a very nice cloudy ruby red color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: This has your typical quad smell and a strong amount of sweetness. There is a lot of fruit on the nose too and even a tiny bit of alcohol.

T: There is a nice bit of malt and fruitiness. I am bad about describing the quad taste, but it has a great quad flavor. I just love the taste and it is by far the best part of this beer.

M: There is a tiny bit of carbonation and hardly any crispness on the back of the throat. The beer drinks like water and close to the easiest drinking quads on the market.

O: I am a sucker for quads and this beer hits the spot. It has so many flavors that just explode on the palate and all the other aspects of the beer come together to make this great. I am glad I can get this anytime because it never gets old.

Photo of meiiska
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of phenomenologian
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this comes in a large bottle about ten bucks. It has a cork on it that you wiggle and pull off after you take the wire top off the top of the cork. upon that lots of smoke rolls out the top.

Upon pouring I got a very very large fluffy head. The head is off white and fluffy and it becomes porous as it retains a bit and also laces a bit. The head as it dissipates gradually begins to look like swiss cheese. The color of the body is an orangish reddish light brown. It looks a bit like a hoppy IPA. Its pretty transparent thought as you can see every bubble through this dark color rise to the top of the glass.

this being a quadrupel ale, there are tons and tons of flavors that come through even in the aroma. I detect sweet malts, caramel, figs, other fruits, maybe banana, molasses, brown sugar. Nice bitter and yet sweet aroma. This is normally not my cup of tea but it smells better than Three Philosophers which I really did not like (that quad was way to heavy on the fruits which had an overall flavor I did not like).

The taste is overall a bitter and yet sweet combination. I think I taste hops but what dominates it is caramel, sweet malts, fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. The aftertaste reveals the individual fruits such as banana and fig that I outright recognize. This flavor and quads in general are normally not what I seek out (as I enjoy hoppy non fruity beers) but this one I can enjoy given its not my favorite thing in the world.

The mouthfeel is not of too much carbonation but has all that sweet stuff in it that the mouthfeel is very sticky which is not entirely pleasant for me.

Overall, this is one of few quads that I do enjoy. I enjoy the flavor of this quad as quads like Three Philosophers were unbearable for me. If a quad can appeal to hopheads like myself, it does a good job. Because of that I think it deserves a high rating. Because of that, it doesn't really matter what you specifically like, give it a try unless you despise fruity sweet beers in all forms and shapes.

Note: the 10.5 ABV is too much. I dislike this factor. Ive drank half now and am buzzing. not too awesome.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet is a dark garnet to mahahogany with a light tan head a finger thick.

Aroma: Brown bread, dark fruits, twinge of brown sugar, sweet malts. Notes of banana, and a little bit of spice and figs.

Taste: Ripe banana, brown bread, dark roasted malt, caramelized sugar, floral hops, figs with a wisp of licorice in the end. The mouthfeel is decently smooth with a touch of stickiness.

Notes: Inside and out a great beer and rather drinkable despite it's 10.5 abv. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of syrupjoe
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a cloudy dark amber/moderately brown color with a 1.5 finger papyrus colored head that settles quickly but maintains a half finger presence.

Nose: Raisin bread, candied ginger, biscuit, honey, cinnamon, pepper.

Taste: Honey, molasses, pepper, booze, plum, dried dark fruit.

Dry with moderate to high carbonation, crisp and bitter finish with lingering alcohol.

Overall very well rounded and a great sipper. Quite dry and complex. Booze is well concealed but makes its presence known on the aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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